As if we were catching a cobra

As if we were catching a cobra

DCP / HD - 2012 - Syria - 120 min - Color - Documentary


As if we were catching a cobra

Original title: Comme si nous attrapions un cobra

A film by Hala Alabdalla

During the two years of the production of the film – from the beginning of the summer of 2010 to that of 2012 – major upheavals occurred in the Middle East, especially in the two countries the film focuses on, Egypt and Syria.
It was hardly surprising that a film on the freedom of expression and its repression in these countries should be drawn into the wake of the turbulent events of the revolutions under way there...
By questioning Egyptian and Syrian cartoonists about their experiences before and after these major historic movements against despotism, the film attempts to gauge the new-found freedom that will also guarantee our future and our right of expression, and preserve us from censorship.
The Syrian writer and journalist Samar Yazbek provides us with her insight and impressions from Damascus in the months preceding the Syrian revolution up until her exile in France five months later.

Original language: Syrian
Produced by: LES PRODUCTIONS DE L’OEIL SAUVAGE and RAMADFILM

Festivals:
Toronto International FF, Canada 2012 / Abu Dhabi Middle East International Film Festival, UAE 2012 / CPH DOX, Denmark 2012 / Festival dei Popoli, Italy 2012 / Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal (RIDM), Canada 2012 / International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the Netherlands 2012 / Festival International du Caire, Egypt 2012
Awards:
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Hala Alabdalla

Hala Alabdalla is born in Syria in 1956. She’s a respected figure in documentary filmmaking in the Arab world. Her film I Am the One Who Brings Flowers to Her Grave (105’) won the Doc/It award at the 63rd Venice International Film Festival, Official Selection - Orizonti, Bronze in the Documentary category of the Muhr Awards at the 3rd Dubai International Film Festival, First Prize in the Documentary category of the 13th Tétouan International Mediterranean Cinema Festival and the Golden Hawk Award at the 7th Rotterdam Arab Film Festival, as well as being screened at the Villa Médicis in Rome and at MOMA in New York.

Hala Alabdalla


As if we were catching a cobra
As if we were catching a cobra
As if we were catching a cobra
As if we were catching a cobra